Facilitated Workshops

Family Days

3/12 + 6/11
Pick up a kit and make art with us!

Our working artist studio

In collaboration with Seaport Village, Studio by the Bay is an extension of The New Children’s Museum’s process-based art practice. Two professional artists are creating artwork in the studios exploring contemporary themes.

Studio by the Bay provides an opportunity for the visiting community and local artists to interact, consistent with the Museum’s mission to stimulate creativity, imagination and critical-thinking skills in children and families through inventive experiences with contemporary art. Both the Museum and Seaport Village are iconic family destinations in the Marina District positioned near the San Diego Bay. The presence of working artists in this partnership strengthens ties among neighbors and builds the capacity for arts and culture along the port of San Diego.

Along with creating a new body of work, the artists partner with the Museum and Seaport Village each month to host Studio by the Bay Family Days that offer free weekend workshops for children and families.

location + hours

809 West Harbor Drive

Studio by the Bay is located in Seaport Village. Walking and driving directions below.

Open studio hours

Stay tuned for updates. For artwork inquiries, contact Kurosh Yahyai at kyahyai@thinkplaycreate.org.

Upcoming Family Day Workshops

March 12, 2022, 1-3pm
Ages 4+

Pick up a Coffee Filter Butterfly kit and learn how to create colorful butterflies using coffee filters, markers and clothespins to celebrate spring!

June 11, 2022, 11am-1pm
Ages 4+ 

Pick up a Recycled Rocket kit and learn how to  use recycled materials to design and assemble a rocket fit for space!

Past Family Day Workshops

December 11, 2021

Families were provided a Holiday Pop-Up Card kit and learned how to design a 3-dimensional, moving creation using cardstock, scissors and glue!

September 18, 2021

Families were provided a Woven Pencil Cup kit and learned how to weave yarn to create a colorful cup holder design!

June 13, 2020 (VIRTUAL)

A live-streamed art-making workshop led by artists Kurosh Yahyai and Matt Picon. We learned how to make designed signs and decorated paper airplanes for Father’s Day!

Materials Needed: Construction paper, popsicle sticks, glue, markers, paint pens, acrylic paint, pens, scissors, found objects (buttons, ribbons, yarn, etc.)

Watch Live Stream recording

April 11, 2020 (VIRTUAL)

A live-streamed art-making workshop led by artists Kurosh Yahyai and Matt Picon. We collected empty paper towel rolls, old magazines and art supplies and learned to build Paper Towel Towers and Indoor Nature pieces on Zoom!

Watch Live Stream recording

February 8, 2020

Discover the creative process in sculpture and design with professional artists at Studio by the Bay.

January 11, 2020

Learn about street art from Studio by the Bay artists! Experiment with colorful paint pens, markers and more. 

December 14, 2019

Give the gift of art this holiday season! Design and make wearable “shrinky-dink” and gift card for someone special. 

November 2, 2019

Feliz Dia de los Muertos! Celebrate Day of the Dead and honor loved ones with art projects using skulls, paper flowers, paint and other colorful materials. 

October 19, 2019

Time to get spooky at Studio by the Bay! Join working artists at the studio to make glow-in-the-dark art, paint creepy canvases and more.

September 14, 2019

Experiment with spray art techniques and practice your artistic skills with working artists at Studio by the Bay.

August 10, 2019

Explore mark-making with a variety of paint pens, markers and more with working artists at Studio by the Bay.

The Artists

Kurosh Yahyai

B. 1989

Yahyai received a Bachelor of Arts in Studio Painting from Sacramento State University and a Masters of Fine Arts in Painting and Sculpture from San Diego State University. His work focuses on the idea of the self, in which the painted figure is either visually abstracted or representational. Within the representational paintings, Yahyai uses a traditional style of oil painting with a contemporary approach.
@kurosh.yahyai and www.yahyai.com

Matt Picon

B. 1987

Picon obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Intermedia from Arizona State University and a Masters of Fine Arts in Sculpture from San Diego State University. He creates unique, cohesive and interconnected forms by manipulating the physicality, color and emotive qualities of objects. Picon investigates themes of immediacy, history, function, time, purpose and personal experiences.
@spicy.picon and www.matt-picon.com

Kurosh Yahyai's Artwork

Matt Picon's Artwork


Studio by the Bay is located in Seaport Village at 809 West Harbor Drive. View the Seaport Village Map for more details.

Walking from the Museum:

  • From Island Ave. and Front St., head west towards Harbor Dr.
  • Cross the street towards the Marriott Hotel, then head north (facing the Hyatt Hotel).
  • Turn left in between the Marriott and Hyatt.
  • Turn right at San Pasqual Winery and walk towards the parking lot. The Studio entrance faces the parking lot.

Driving from the Museum:

  • Head west towards Harbor Dr. and turn right towards the Hyatt Hotel.
  • Turn left on Kettner Blvd.
  • The Studio is located next to the parking lot on your left.
  • Parking prices may vary between $5 and up with validation.